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FiveFootNinja

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  1. Same. I have now ordered/preordered a Series S twice and then cancelled it as if I actually stop and think about it I just don’t need it at the moment with the big stack of great titles have to play on the PS5 (and access to essential Game Pass only games via my Xbox One which still runs them fine). FOMO can be a loud voice on the shoulder though and if it hadn’t been for the lack of space in my cabinet for a full fat XsX I’d probably have caved on one of those already. I expect I’ll make the leap once the proper Xbox Studios games start finally landing.
  2. Wow, so where the hell do you source giant mugs from now then?
  3. Great shout on Lego City Undercover people. My boy absolutely adores it and has just done his first mission with zero input from me and is over the moon. Just need to control his urge to want to play it 24/7 now! Thanks everyone!
  4. I got TLOU2 as a Christmas gift but decided it was perhaps a little heavy for Christmas gaming (hence UC4). A full boost patch would be nice but from I what hear it’s pretty amazing looking anyway isn’t it? I don’t think I’ll be waiting specifically and will get into it when I’m in the mood.
  5. Decided to make Uncharted 4 from the PS Plus Collection my Christmas game and enjoying it so far. Really fast loading on the PS5 and it runs well, not sure if it actually has an upgrade though as I never played it on the PS4. It looks amazing though! Otherwise the PS5 is still going strong, no new crashes or bugs of note and still whisper quiet all the time barring a game install or random disc spin up. Love this console. Will get UC4 finished and then decide where to go next, I have got a huge pile of shame now thanks to the PS+ stuff, sales and gifts
  6. 4yo had a good blast on Sonic but has now got completely hooked on Lego City Undercover and we are already on the rationing stage. Mum/in-law gaming tour didn't happen in the end as someone my Mum had contact with someone last week who got randomly tested by ONS for the national covid surgery and got an asymptomatic positive result which meant my Mum had to isolate and couldn't come to ours after all She's fine though more than a week on and if she's clear she can come over for NYE instead (we're all in a support bubble) so I'll show her a few games then. From my side I finished Squadrons and Call of the Sea as planned, and I'm now 9 chapters into Uncharted 4. Enjoying it so far, it's basically just a gorgeous clone of Uncharted 3 to be honest but that isn't a criticism, I've enjoyed all of them for the Indiana Jones style romp they are.
  7. @Jamie John Correct on all counts. I'll definitely be getting back onto this to finish it off should I ever end up with a Series console.
  8. I didn’t get Ghost of Tsushima as a gift in the end. I did get TLOU2 but I don’t want something so heavy right now so I’m going to start Uncharted 4 tonight!
  9. 36. Call of the Sea (XB1) - Puzzle game-cum-walking sim which takes reference points from things like Firewatch, Edith Finch, Rapture, Ether One and even back to classics like Myst. I'm not sure it reaches as high as any of those to be honest but is enjoyable enough if you like these types of game experiences, and a couple of the puzzles were pleasantly challenging. Visually it is pretty striking with an almost cell-shaded aesthetic, however I suffered pretty problematic pop-in and frame rate issues on my OG Xbox One. The plot leans into a Lovecraftian vibe nicely and despite an ending which I wasn't really that satisfied with I did like the overall feel and mythos. However the biggest niggle for me was the voice acting, while not bad line by line, I thought the bounce between shocked/horrified realisations about what was happening one second to really whimsically toned jokes/memories with the next item you pickup made it feel pretty inconsistent. Ultimately I had fun with it and would say it's worth a go on Game Pass, but there are several better games of this style out there if you haven't already played them. - 6/10
  10. My boy also decided to try on his on this morning
  11. Ditto! I got the grey 3/4 sleeve baseball version too. Strike First. Strike Hard. Merry Christmas all.
  12. Slight early diversion of our plans. My boy asked as a Christmas Eve treat if he could have a go on something so we played a bit more Phogs followed by his first blast on a driving game, Forza Horizon 4. After getting through the intro and him selecting a Ford Focus RS I popped into the kitchen to help his Mum with some food for 5 mins and came back to find him giggling while doing donuts around a tree... proud Dad moment.
  13. 35. Star Wars: Squadrons (PS4/5) - I can't be totally objective about this game as X-Wing Alliance was one of my most formative gaming experiences and I've been eagerly awaiting a follow-up game for 20 years. Truth be told I was expecting to be a bit disappointed. However credit to Motive (and Creative Director Ian Frazier) as you can feel that they are also genuine fans and have poured that into a game which - ultimately by EA standards - is essentially a low-budget experiment of a title. Aesthetically it looks and sounds exactly as you want a Star Wars fighter sim to be, and throws you into the universe from the pilots seat beautifully well. The flight model is also just brilliant fun with a sense of pace, agility and scale when flying near capital ships (I don't think a strafing run on a Star Destroyer will ever feel old). Multiplayer is competitive and hard (in a good way, you have to get good) but perhaps a little limited in its mode options (dogfight or fleet battle). Pleasingly the single player is also better than I expected. You aren't going to get the Ace Azzameen narrative feels from it like Alliance, but it does weave together a decent enough Star Wars tale with some good characters and epic battles over about 10 hours of play. Ultimately it knows what it is and doesn't overreach itself and is the better for it, the net result being (along with Fallen Order) one of the best Star Wars titles for many years. If it makes enough money I have high hopes for a sequel and/or single player Alliance follow-up, but at what is now £20 pretty much everywhere it is an absolute steal of a game if you have ever dreamt of flying an X-Wing. - 8/10
  14. Sorry for bumping this after so long but... It’s currently £8 on both PS4/5 and Xbox in the sales and I want to grab it for me (and my son) to play. Is the co-op any good? My 4yo boy is very new to gaming so it might be an option to help him out, however I only have 2 pads on my old Xbox and would probably lean towards the PS4/5 option if it isn’t that great. Cheers.
  15. Having recently boxed off Demon Souls (and shortly - possibly tonight - Squadrons and Call of the Sea) I am leaving a space clear to play Ghost of Tsushima (which I will hopefully be getting as a gift). If not I also have Horizon: Zero Dawn, Hollow Knight, Uncharted 4 and Cyberpunk all sat there ready to go. Weirdly both my Mum and my father-in-law have both independently asked for me to do a whistle stop tour of modern gaming as they haven’t really seen anything since the Megadrive era and are interested to see how it’s changed after seeing some of the next gen marketing. However the main focus is going to be on my 4 (nearly 5) year old lad who has under the tree his own controller and a copy of Lego City Undercover as his first ever gaming present. I’m also going to buy Sonic Mania in the sales (£8 on both PS4/5 and Xbox) for us to play together as he has recently got into the Sonic Boom cartoon and the original games were my absolute favourites as a kid.
  16. At the risk of dragging this thread away from TLJ... Not sure it has been posted explicitly but Favreau and Kennedy have confirmed that Mando 3 is happening as planned. They decided to keep the news under wraps instead of mentioning it as part of the recent the investor day announcements.
  17. I get a lot of people seem to love FH4 here but for a balance of opinion I've put about 8-9 hours into FH4 so far and would only summarise it as "okay". It does look undeniably pretty (and I expect even better with lots of silky smooth Series X goodness in there) and you are getting a lot of game for your shared subscription cost on GP, but I find the actual driving model/physics pretty ropey most of the time to the point of if not really being that fun. Combined with the ridiculously long load times on my ageing OG One (again probably improved by new hardware) it has meant I struggle to care enough to go back to it regularly and have certainly enjoyed it a lot less so far than both FH and FH2 (I haven't played FH3) which I played every inch of at the time. Mileage varies obviously and I seem to be in the minority which is fine. Bit of a shame though as I was really in the mood for a good racer.
  18. Wow, really enjoyed that finale. And it crowns off what has been all round a fantastic season throughout. Mando is making a habit of strong endings! Beyond some of what has been mentioned already, I also really liked... Oh and also... One thing I would say is... It's definitely feeling like they are looking at MCUing this, with Favreau and Filoni playing the Kevin Feige role. I am all in for that personally, these boys know how to make Star Wars great again. Also for those questioning a third season... What a bloody great time (finally) it is to be a Star Wars fan.
  19. @Uncle Mike 5-2 is a lot less about falling off things than 5-1... but it definitely has it's own challenges to face. @CrichStand Without sounding flippant, it feels a bit like the core design of this just doesn't quick click with you. Death, and the resulting repeating of areas, is kind of the point of the game. It's about struggling against challenges both enemy, environmental and mechanics wise, and then learning how to beat them the next time. It sounds like the odd glitch (like the falling off the ledge thing) has got in the way in places which is understandably annoying, but things like the trap, hidden creatures, etc.. are there exactly for you to potentially die against the first time and then avoid or deal with the next time. I really don't think the game is cheap or the designers are trolling you or trying to waste your time, that is just the game they have made. Obviously whether you like that or not is totally your call and kudos for sticking with it if it annoys you. I'll go back to a previous post though... your build choice is very strength focused and sounds good for unleashing some pain, but it does bring some inherent challenges that more balanced build won't have. Such low hit points (and not using a shield) will make pretty much everything one-shot you later in the game so you should expect to die a lot more until you nail a perfect run. If you don't want that then you should probably be tanking that vitality up a bit to be able to soak more punishment. For example with my build at that time the trap you mention would maybe take off 30-50% of my health meaning I could trigger it unknowingly, give myself a little telling off for not spotting it, have some grass and still carry on. For you there will be much less margin for error. Anyway, I hope you manage to stay on the 'still enjoying it' side of the coin. Good luck with the rest of the journey.
  20. They all count @Pungee For reference, the reaper in the chamber just below the start of 4-2 is a great place to farm a few souls if you need it for levelling up, gear, supplies, etc... depends on your build obviously but a few arrows from the top section should take him out and you bag just under 5k for the effort and then repeat as required. @CrichStand I only ever got invaded in 3-3, but spent the entire game in soul form so not really sure how it works to be honest.
  21. I agree. I did Wisps a few months ago and the chase/escape sequences are still there but dialled right back challenge wise. The Ginso Tree in the first game felt like a very sudden ramp for me to the point of annoyance where I never got that on any part of the second game.
  22. Don't throw in the towel! If you get stuck on something come and have a chat about it here and get some tips. A lot of people find chunks of the game pretty challenging, however it is all very fair and beatable with the right approach, some learning and patience... it just doesn't always feel that way at the time. Is it the 4-2 and 5-2 bosses you are struggling against, or traversing the levels?
  23. 34. Demon's Souls (PS5) - I came into this blind having never played the PS3 version, however Bluepoint have done a frankly unbelievable job reworking the genre defining classic into a genuinely astonishing next generation game. It looks and sounds better than anything I've seen on consoles before, it's buttery smooth throughout and stupidly fast on loads times. The gameplay is (apparently) identical to the original, however if like me you have never played that it feels every bit the "new" game. There is tons of flexibility on character build, weapons and way of playing, the creature design and art direction is wonderful, and it just oozes quality throughout. Yes, it is brutal, punishing and just 'hard' in places (although less so than Bloodborne) but it always plays fair and feels very rewarding when you overcome the challenges. Basically it's brilliant and a much much much better than the usual console launch title. Bravo Sony, you smashed it. - 9/10
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